At its best, Capitalism: A Love Story is a searing outcry against the excesses of a cutthroat time. At its worst, it's dorm-room Marxism.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Like most of his movies, Capitalism is a tragedy disguised as a comedy; it's also an entertainment.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Michael Moore has succeeded in getting a film on this subject actually released in cinemas: a very sharp and entertaining one at that.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Capitalism is as entertaining as Roger & Me, and its critique skewers both major political parties, calling into question the economic policies of Bill Clinton as well as Ronald Reagan.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Isn't every Michael Moore film ultimately about capitalism? This one just has a more facetious title.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
[A] scattershot, lazy slice of agitprop, which recycles Moore's usual slice-and-dice job on corporations, while bobbing a curtsey to the current crisis.
Ella Taylor - Village Voice
The film works best when Moore sits with representatives of the 99 percent of Americans vulnerable to financial freefall.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
Mr. Moore aims to proselytize his friends and demonize his enemies. His movie hits both marks.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Smart-alecky and simplistic? Yeah. And primo Moore.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
In a movie long on symbols, dead peasants are the most egregious, but a close second would be the rah-rah "confidential" Citibank memo about the United States having become a "plutonomy."
Michael Granberry - Dallas Morning News
Moore relates a half-century of fraud in singsong narration that makes him seem like Mister Rogers with 200 extra pounds and a Che Guevara T-shirt instead of a cardigan. But what a figure he cuts.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story is something else -- not a good movie or a coherent exposition of the meltdown but an emotional attack on capitalism as a system, an attempt, literally, to de-moralize capitalism.
David Denby - New Yorker
The film's title is never explained. What does Moore mean? Maybe it's that capitalism means never having to say you're sorry.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
While it's amusing to watch Moore on camera plaster the entrance to the New York Stock Exchange with crime-scene tape, when Moore goes through his customary security-guard harassment in another segment, it's hard not to think: Here we go again.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Like most of his movies, this will probably make your blood boil, but it functions at a level of such blubbering emotionality that it might as well be a Glenn Beck rant.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
In passages, the movie is eloquent. In sum, it is scattershot. Organization is not Moore's strongest suit; indignation is.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
With Capitalism: A Love Story, Michael Moore delivers his liveliest, most radical film to date.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Michael Moore is up to his old tricks in Capitalism: A Love Story, and that's sure to both infuriate, and entertain and inform, depending which side of the Michael Moore fence you stand on.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Capitalism may be flawed, but it is nevertheless entertaining. Which counts for a lot.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
By returning to his roots, professional gadfly Michael Moore turns in one of his best films.
Leslie Felperin - Variety
Isn't it Washington that took money from the taxpayers to bail out the banks? Shouldn't Moore run his yellow crime-scene tape around the White House?
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Capitalism is alternately moving and disheartening, energizing and enervating.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
The result is a film that stands as one of Moore's finest arguments. It's also one of his funniest, if you accept that the jokes are all of the gritted-teeth variety.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Has only a few traces of Moore's wit and humor, and they're nearly lost in the fog of his indignation.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
As a filmmaker creating a product for a marketplace, supported by profit-seeking investors, he obviously has some comfort level with capitalism in the sense of doing business.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
This is a love story, all right, but it has less to do with the flaws of capitalism than it does with Moore's unwavering fondness for the sound of his own voice, and for what he perceives as his own vast cleverness.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Moore's choice to make "capitalism" his straw man (rather than, say, greed or Reagan-era deregulation) puts him in closer company than he might like with some pretty nasty world-historical bedfellows.
Dana Stevens - Slate
There's a simmering anger here that hasn't been present since Moore first burst upon the cinematic world with Roger and Me.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
This is a typical Moore oeuvre: funny, often over the top and of dubious documentation, but with strongly made points that leave viewers much to ponder and debate after they walk out of the theater.
Deborah Young - Hollywood Reporter
This is vintage Moore, reflecting both the filmmaker's fondness for manipulation and his strengths as a showman.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Moore sees our abusive relationship with capitalism as a growing plague. His movie, a genuine and welcome rabble-rouser, lays out the history of how democracy got corrupted.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Moore's scattershot is a lot more interesting than some filmmakers' focus, and many of those individual parts are classic.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Dean Essner - Sight and Sound
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
Dave White - Movies.com
Docu on corporate misdeeds names names, makes mistakes.
James Rocchi - Common Sense Media
As with all of Moore's films, this is really about the fall of The American Dream, with Moore acting as our tour guide into the rotten core of his beloved country. And once again, his heart is in the right place. If only he could keep his ego out of it.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
This isn't just about pointing fingers at those who have gotten us into this mess, but about mobilizing working people to stop waiting for someone else to fix it, to stop sitting idly by while their wages, pensions, health care, and homes are stolen.
Ian Buckwalter - DCist
[Michael Moore] is cheeky, he's outrageous and he can get awfully full of himself... but he does have a way of getting your blood up...
Sean Axmaker - Seanax.com
The constant quotations from the Founding Fathers suggest his real concern is a somewhat nebulous betrayal of the American Dream.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Moore continues his career as provocateur with this often eloquent, occasionally muddled, bill of particulars which indicts Wall Street's ethos of greed. As with most of Moore's documentaries, the film is strongest when he's behind the camera, rather than
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
While Moore still stacks the deck, there are enough scenes portraying callously inhuman policies, such as the death peasant insurance, to pacify the viewer for two overlong hours.
Adam Lippe - Examiner.com
The movie is archive-heavy and preachy, but it feels just right for the occasion.
Andrew O'Hagan - This is London
Moore comes up with enough of these startling moments to keep us watching, though he's certainly stronger on huff and puff than concrete solutions.
Trevor Johnston - Radio Times
A barbed study of the American economy puts capitalism in the dock but somehow fails to convict.
Damon Wise - Empire Magazine
The thesis that rapacious capitalism has horrific social consequences is credible and well illustrated, if hardly eye-opening to European viewers.
Ben Walters - Time Out
Funny, angry and deadly accurate.
David Gritten - Daily Telegraph
It's the sort of film that everyone will end up seeing but no-one really cares when they see it. I could happily have waited for DVD.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
A troubling portrait of a country shaken by repossessions, exploitation and the rich sucking the life out of the poor.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
The film is good fun. Perhaps we have seen it all before, but you could say that of a sunrise. Every sunrise is different and Moore's are usually worth getting out of bed for.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
A well made, convincingly argued documentary that's by turns informative, heart-breaking, shocking, funny, entertaining, utterly depressing and likely to induce tears of impotent rage.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
For all his cheap tactics, Moore mounts a persuasive case that something is rotten in the current economic system.
Wendy Ide - Times [UK]
Republicans have long used these methods to influence the public with great success - all Moore does is play them at their own highly effective game.
Dean Essner - Film4
Moore is marvellously indignant and confrontational (he tries to make a citizen's arrest of the AIG board), and dramatises moments of rebellion and fight-back with relish. But there's something self-righteous and teenage-lefty about his rhetoric.
John Walsh - Independent
The most interesting aspect of Capitalism is a strain of melancholic nostalgia that runs through its latter segments
Alan Mack - Little White Lies
Still fighting the good fight for the working man, Capitalism is entertaining but conspicuously bankrupt of fresh ideas and insights. By now, Moore is starting to feel like less.
Jonathan Crocker - Total Film
It may all feel a little obvious and heavy-handed in places but he makes a complex subject accessible and issues a call to arms that every hard-pressed homeowner will appreciate.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
...lets off the hook the greedy ****ers responsible for exploiting the lower classes, effectively tossing pebbles at its targets when it should be heaving boulders.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
A typically uneven effort from documentarian Michael Moore...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Moore apparently can't make his mind which of two competing visions of America is the right one
Dragan Antulov - Draxblog Movie Reviews
Moore doesn't necessarily tell us anything new, but it's his gung-ho pursuit of accountability and compassion for working-class victims and crusaders that make his movies...worthwhile inquiries into how we live today
Jay Antani - Cinema Writer
Moore makes the stories of injustice he's gathered the real meat of his film; and as he tells them, he shows a continued disillusionment at the depths the powerful are willing to go to against one's fellow man just for the sake of more wealth.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Capitalism: A Love Story is his [Moore's] most heated and searing film since Fahrenheit 9/11, but not necessarily his best.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Michael Moore does it again. He educates and entertains, even if the facts are skewed his way. A great film. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Paul Chambers - CNNRadio
Mr. Moore's documentary fluctuates from lucid, cogent arguments, to cartoonish abstractions and conjectures--all the while, his lilting voice massaging our guilt reflex.
Rubin Safaya - Cinemalogue.com
It's tragic, funny and informative, as Moore sets his sights on the banking industry ... .
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
in our brave new world of Glenn Beck-style paranoia, anger, and histrionics masquerading as political discourse, Moore's sarcastic mugging seems very nearly quaint
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Moore is always visually playful and subversive, and even when dealing with such serious and depressing topics entertaining; but he's also game enough to examine America's mythology of prosperity.
Ruth Hessey - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
As usual, Moore is a man who wants answers, which makes for a good documentary. It is a fascinating, albeit terribly lopsided, insight.
Colin Newton - Sunday Mail (Australia)
See Capitalism: A Love Story if you like to hear the sound of Michael Moore railing against 'the man', but if you're after a good documentary there's no love here for you.
Giles Hardie - Unknown2
Insisting on simplifications -- poor equals virtuous, rich equals corrupt -- Moore invites distrust to all but the converted.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Capitalism : A Love Story marks a minor return to form for Moore, whose tactical agenda and questionable methods as a documentary filmmaker have dented his standing in recent years.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
Moore has long proved himself an excellent editor and comedian, but he always insists on preaching to the like-minded and, thus, can't string together a political film persuasive enough to make a real difference.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
No easy answers here, but that's exactly the point; a big ideas film that hopes to rouse the audience into social change.
Brian Duff - FILMINK (Australia)
Capitalism: A Love Story is, like Moore's previous movies, manipulative and moving, funny and impassioned, uplifting and infuriating.
Michelle Lamont - Time Out Sydney
Michael Moore has made what may be his magnum opus.
Richard Knight - Windy City Times
Moore has the skill to make very complex material reasonably lucid, some would say simplistic; but it's when he gets silly that he falters.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
There's nothing too subtle about Moore's filmmaking style, but he does get his points across in a straightforward, uncomplicated way.
Des Partridge - Courier Mail (Australia)
There's both grit and entertainment value in the film, although if you have seen Moore's other films, you may, like me, feel as though you have seen it all before. It's long, too
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Effective when it exposes the immoral, even 'evil' excesses of an economic system that prizes profit above public welfare; less persuasive when it waxes nostalgic about the factory era of the mid-20th century...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Both thought-provoking and entertaining.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Serving as an apogee of Michael Moore's decade-long thesis, "Capitalism" feels like it adds up to a sum greater than this part. If Moore's next decade is as fruitful as his last, America is doomed, but it's odd to see a lack of healthy skepticism.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
Michael Moore may be a little rough and unkempt, but he's preaching a story we must all hear. This is no fairy tale.
Elias Savada - Film Threat
One wonders if Capitalism won't look almost avant garde when seen decades removed from the Moore cult of personality.
Karina Longworth - SpoutBlog
Yes, Capitalism is a well argued documentary, but let's not forget the fact that Moore...is capitalising on being critical of capitalism.
Anders Wotzke - Cut Print Review
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
This is entertaining, but because of all its folly and manipulation and misinformation it's a polemic that must be watched with hardy skepticism.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
Still a noteworthy achievement, but it's hard to keep from being a bit disappointed that Moore hasn't used the seriousness of the times to craft an ever-so-slightly more balanced documentary.
Gabe Leibowitz - Film and Felt
Even if it's not the most cogent political docu-essay ever made, it's surely coming straight from the heart.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Maybe Moore should have used this platform to try to teach some fiscal responsibility rather than simply present an "off with their heads" argument.
Danny Minton - Fort Bend Sun
Moore Sacrifices Narrative Thrust for Contemporary Relevance But Still Ends on a Strong Note.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Michael Moore is still angry.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Moore's loudest, most heartfelt warning, against corporate greed that is ruining his -- and our -- country. It's also a stirring cry to action.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Beneath all the expected liberal, mad-as-hell indignation, the guy with the closet full of ill-fitting ball caps also happens to be persuasive as hell, crafting an entertaining and provocative call to arms.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
Unfortunately, Moore's slapdash approach withers before the sprawling canvas, and his dot-like anecdotes rattle around.
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Underscored by a growling cover of 'Louie, Louie,' assorted thugs in masks pillage assorted banks. A lovely irony, given that the rest of the film deals with how those same banks are pillaging us.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
As always, Moore's at his best when he gets the hell out of the way and lets average citizens have their say.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
I can't help smiling at Moore's response to the question concerning what he hopes audiences will take away from this film "Popcorn and pitchforks."
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
A two-hour op-ed piece raging against the hijacking of the American Dream by special interests, Moore's a canny enough filmmaker to balance entertainment and foursquare truths to keep the audience entertained and fascinated.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
the rotund baseball cap wearing 'everyman' filmmaker adds a grand sequel to his resume
John A. Nesbit - Old School Reviews
Moore's most telling argument is about the extinguishing of the middle class, and the consequences of losing the crucial foundation of our economy and our culture.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Michael Moore preaches to the converted in his least insightful op-ed to date.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
Those [attacking Moore] are doing worse than namecalling. By refusing to engage the substance of the film, they're conceding that he may be right.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
Moore has always stood proudly for progressivism, and that works in his favor now.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
All these episodes are accompanied by Moore's typically dramatic background music choices and unrigorous analysis.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Capitalism's aim is too scattershot. It's old hat for Moore to argue only one side of the story, but this is the first time he has so blatantly failed to focus on the issue at hand
Sonny Bunch - Washington Times
Because it's so wildly entertaining, because Moore is basically a clever carnival barker at heart...Capitalism: A Love Story becomes a fabulous financial freak show
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
As you watch, your indignation grows. Moore has chosen precisely the right moment to tap into the throbbing vein of anti-corporate, anti-rich anger.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
A film for everyone in the economic bottom 95 percent.
Justin Strout - Orlando Weekly
Moore is much better at indicting culprits than providing solutions.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
In "Capitalism: A Love Story," Michael Moore casts a fiery eye at the U.S. financial system - a rich and appalling subject at the moment - and comes, alas, to the usual loopy conclusion
Kurt Loder - MTV
Ultimately, Capitalism: A Love Story doesn't break ground, but it's 100% Moore and a little bit more.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
This is heartening, rousing stuff. But Moore has shilly-shallied and wandered for too long for it to have maximal impact.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
The biggest strike...with this film is its hypocrisy. Here's a man taking shots at capitalism, and he's the biggest capitalist in Hollywood.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
It's not ... that he's entirely opposed to capitalism; what he's really going after is the corporatism that has made profit a goal beyond all ethical considerations.
Andy Klein - Brand X
The centerpiece of this documentary is a shocking and dynamic reel of archival footage.
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
The latest from Michael Moore is his usual shtick, but better.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
The movie lives up to its hype in its first five minutes and builds from there. It's the Awful Truth in big, bold letters.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Comes across like a refresher course, and not the higher education Moore has strived for in the past.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
Even Michael Moore's weakest and most convoluted film is an excellent documentary which will enlighten and scare you.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
You will march out of the theater looking to beat up a CEO.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Love him or hate him, liberal filmmaker Michael Moore is something of a modern-day Howard Beale, urging us to get outraged over injustices he perceives to be perpetrated by conservatives.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
It might seem like a fantasy for the baker interviewed in the film to be making $60,000 a year and benefits, but Moore proves the idea is less fictitious than the ones that sank Lehman Brothers.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
You might say Moore has been making this movie his entire career. He attempts to expose corrupt bottom line-minded corporations that are in league with Capitol Hill as the cause of America's ills. He's been doing just that since the days of Roger & Me<
Radheyan Simonpillai - AskMen.com
Even if you don't agree with his assertions regarding economic theory and social politics, it still holds some interest.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
For all his lack of objectivity and occasional fact-twisting, Moore takes on dauntingly complex subjects and turns them into hugely entertaining, provocative pictures.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
As a child, my mother taught me that there was always a kernel of truth in every bit of criticism; always some veracity in every condemnation, no matter how outlandish the claim or the claimant.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
an utterly frustrating work that contains a few genuinely affecting moments that wind up getting lost amidst too much tired and fairly patronizing junk.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
What [Moore] offers isn't an argument as much as a polemic. But as in the past, he proves a skilled polemicist,...[and] looked at dispassionately, it's fun.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Capitalism: A Love Story is a Michael Moore movie that Fox News viewers might like.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The script gradually becomes an ambiguous mixture of hope and desperation; at times it feels almost bipartisan in its politics.
John Hartl - Seattle Times
Considering the vast spread of the subject matter of Capitalism: A Love Story, that the film works as well as it does is an accomplishment.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Anyone up on current events and at least passingly familiar with the history of the U.S. will learn few new insights. What they will learn is that they have seen this all before, and done better, by a director who seems to be going through the paces.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
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Jim Judy - Screen It!
Capitalism will make you laugh, it will make you cry and it will make you angry -- in other words, par for the course for a Michael Moore movie.
Scott A. Mantz - Entertainment Insiders
If the film entertains you and outrages you, it's done its job remarkably well.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
The lack of a factual backbone will be catnip for conservatives who attack everything that Moore does, regardless of the validity of his arguments.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
How dare they! It gets you worked up! But exactly what point is Moore making? What should we be angry about?
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
[It] may be a bit scattershot and employ familiar tricks, [but it's both] a challenging and personal movie.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Of course Moore's angry. I don't know anybody who isn't. But what about the movie?
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Usually Michael Moore's movies make me appreciate how few real problems I actually have. I can't complain about my lifestyle when people's can't feed their kids or pay their hospital bills. This time, I feel like I'm right there with them.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
Why do we go to the movies? To be entertained and informed. And Michael Moore shows an uncanny ability to be 'way ahead of the curve of public awareness.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Even if you don't agree with the answers that Michael Moore suggests, I think you should see this movie.
A.O. Scott - At the Movies
...unlike the manipulation of facts and imagery used to make his cases in "Bowling for Columbine" and "Fahrenheit 9/11," here a more restrained Moore comes across as more fair and even handed than he has in years
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
...a one-sided love story, even if its message could be truly reciprocal if enough people opened their minds up enough to hear it.
Todd Gilchrist - Cinematical
Mildly entertaining and occasionally funny, but often poorly researched, repetitive, parochial, and unenlightening.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Another exceptional piece of propaganda, designed to get you riled up, but also to get you to laugh.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Very much worth seeing, despite being more in the Frank Capra vein than Karl Marx.
Louis Proyect - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Capitalism is intended to convince Americans that they've bought into an economic system designed to screw them over, but the tone is so smart-ass that it's bound to put a lot of viewers into a default defensive posture.
Noel Murray - AV Club
Michael Moore titled his most recent film Capitalism: A Love Story, probably because in Capitalism you never have to say you're sorry. And Moore never says he's sorry as he trashes Capitalism in America.
Tony Macklin - Fayetteville Free Weekly
Moore's most personal film since Roger & Me: a lone, passionate man's hopeful search for answers to the very root of all of our socioeconomic problems
Chris Cabin - Filmcritic.com
Whatever it lacks in a red-target focal point, it's still Moore doing what he does best: chipping away the layers of fraud that have calcified America, hoping to inspire others to storm the streets and question authority.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Love him or hate him, Michael Moore makes us think; he makes us talk. And if you agree with what he has to say, especially with his latest opus Capitalism: A Love Story, he can inspire you to make a difference.
Kit Bowen - The Movie Kit
Proving that demagoguery can come as easily from the left as from the right, Michael Moore has produced a jerry-rigged jeremiad about free enterprise that hands up some very legitimate indictments, without really making a case.
John Anderson - Newsday
Even if you don't think capitalism should be scrapped, we can agree that there are numerous abuses of the system that need to be stopped, and Moore does a great job of trying to document them.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
Is everything always the bank's fault? Is it only the guys in suits who can get greedy? In Moore's world, yes, it is.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Moore's ambush-and-blame methods are bad journalism. His lack of moral, political context is as questionable as ever.
Armond White - New York Press
Capitalism's slickness, and its illusion of cumulative coherence, is actually a product of Moore's signature bait and switch, the same lack of structural integrity that mars most of his films.
Michelle Orange - Movieline
Michael Moore is the Obama of documentarians.
Clay Cane - BET.com
Michael Moore paints with too-wide a conceptual brush, which in turn explains why 'Capitalism: A Love Story' goes off point so often.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Michael Moore's hard-hitting documentary about the egregious, toxic, and rapacious spin-offs from the American obsession with unbridled capitalism and greed.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
[Michael] Moore hasn't made a measured film because he's not looking for a measured response. He wants to get his viewers outraged and shake them out of their complacency.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Provides lots of insights and enraging bits of information while, ultimately, coming off as somewhat amorphous.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
There are moments in Capitalism when you're reminded of Moore's talent for shrieking truth to power. The rest of the film, however, only proves that his quixotic preachiness can make even a worthy cause feel occasionally bankrupt.
David Fear - Time Out New York
A scathing indictment of modern America's "me first" approach to the social contract...an urgently important piece of work.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
What's fascinating about this unfocused diatribe is that Mr. Moore, the liberal face of Middle America, has finally given up on the American audience.
Lauren Wissot - Slant Magazine
Though Moore is on less solid ground when mulling vague solutions to economic woes, his message for the masses about this national 'robbery' in progress as their jobs, health care and homes go up in smoke, is loud and clear: You've been had.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
With the global economic meltdown affecting just about everybody, the film is pertinent, hugely entertaining, and, above all, timely.
Mark Salisbury - Premiere Magazine
"A somewhat-droll, somewhat-glib superficial expose into how The Man is screwing you over."
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
Since making "Fahrenheit 9/11" and "Sicko," Moore has polished his humanist vehicle of cinematic political agitprop to a glossy reflecting sheen with an entertaining, touching, and informative movie that's worth repeated viewings.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
If Steven Spielberg is our country's best dramatic filmmaker, then surely Michael Moore is our best documentarian--which he proves in this sometimes hilariously entertaining broadside against the capitalist system.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
"Harassing security guards, cheap stunts, unfunny comedy moments ... all a bit too familiar, and all a bit too distracting -- and that's a pity, because when Capitalism: A Love Story is on, it's on fire."
James Rocchi - Redbox
You don't go to a Moore's docu for rigorous discipline or objective approach, but in returning to his liberal-populist origins, he has made another timely, provocative and entertaining work, which is also a good companion piece to his 1989 Roger & Me.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
A collection of outrageous facts sprayed like a shotgun blast towards what Moore deems the modern Roman Empire.
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
Agree or not -- and in the interests of full disclosure, I'll note that I agree more than I disagree -- Moore's voice broadens the debate in a vital way.
Luke Y. Thompson - LYTRules.com
Proof of Moore's showmanship, a talent he continues to mine with every new film.
Steve Ramos - Boxoffice Magazine
As intelligent and compulsively entertaining as his previous films.
Mike Goodridge - Screen International